FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced Friday that the Red Sox Foundation has received $1 million from Daisuke Matsuzaka to assist victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on Mach 11.
According to the team, 100 percent of Matsuzaka's donation will be given to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help in ongoing relief efforts.
"Our efforts on the field are dedicated to all who are suffering from this catastrophe," Matsuzaka stated in a videotaped message released by the Red Sox. "We are in this together, so we must overcome tragedy together."
To date, the Red Sox Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million from fans, team partners and sponsors. Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda have also made personal donations to the team charity in order to help the relief efforts.
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway on The Big Show Friday, discussing Thursday's 7-0 victory over the Canadiens and the recent play of captain Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 defenseman has 10 points in the seven games since tossed in March 8's 4-1 loss to the Habs. Thornton noted that he isn't surprised that Chara has shined on the ice despite the scrutiny he's faced.
"He cares about the well-being of others, but once those doors close, and you get on the ice, things kind of just go away, and you kind of just focus on playing," Thornton said. "Really, it doesn't matter what's going on at home or with your family, or whatever. You get [on the ice] and you've got to forget about all that stuff for 60 minutes. I think that's pretty standard with everybody.
"Does it surprise me? No. A couple of years ago, he had a baby during the playoffs, and you never would have known that he was losing...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Relievers Scott Atchison, Rich Hill, Randy Williams, Brandon Duckworth and Michael Bowden were all cut from the major league camp Friday afternoon. Atchison and Bowden were both optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, while Hill, Williams and Duckworth (who signed minor-league deals) were reassigned to minor league camp. Outfielder Ryan Kalish was also optioned to Triple-A.
"It's never easy," Atchison said. "I felt like I showed them what I can do. ... The situation is what it is."
Atchison pitched in seven games, totaling 8 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits, striking out four and walking four. Bowden appeared in seven games, pitching 9 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking three.
Hill, who was optimistic after altering his arm angle again in the past few days, didn't allow an earned run in 8 2/3 innings (7 games) in Grapefruit League action....
With the Bruins coming off a big 7-0 shutout of the Canadiens Thursday, it seems the team is picking it up at the right time, as nine games remain in the regular season. Stop by the Big Bad Blog to discuss all things black and gold in a live chat at 2 p.m.
Bruins legend Ray Bourque appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Bruins and NHL topics of interest.
Bourque said that not only are hits to the head more noticeable now because of the NHL’s crackdown, but also because it seems like there are just more of them. “I think some of the stuff has changed,” Bourque said. “You might’ve seen certain hits that were similar in our day, but it seems like there were less head shots.
“Just flagrant elbows to the head, you’re seeing a lot more it seems like, like [Matt] Cooke a few times that he’s done,” Bourque continued. “I don’t think you used to see that as much. I’m not sure why you’re seeing more of that now, if it’s lack of respect for each other out there or what. I’m happy that they’re really trying to cut it down.”
Bourque also discussed Mark Recchi’s comments about...
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Stephen A. joined us to discuss Brady's punishment.
Pats fans called in with their thoughts on the Brady suspension.
Callers give their reaction to Tom Brady's suspension being upheld.
Judy Battista, NFL.com, warns the listeners about the negative ramifications that will occur when Tom Brady and the NFLPA takes the NFL to court.
Robert Kraft decided, in May, to drop the rhetoric directed at the NFL in hopes that Roger Goodell would be lenient on Tom Brady. Today, he stated that he was wrong.
When the show opened today, we went to the press conference, live, where Robert Kraft condemned the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's suspension. Bill Belichick spoke shortly after. Lou, Christian and Tim reacted immediately after.
Robert Kraft went a long way to winning fans back when he stood up against Roger Goodell and the NFL this morning for what he describes as a flawed process in which the Patriots were railroaded. We break it all down and take your reaction.
We speak with attorney John Dowd, who authored the report that led to Pete Rose being banned for life from Major League Baseball. Dowd tells us that the NFL railroaded Tom Brady from start to finish with this investigation.
We go inside the Kraft-Goodell relationship and how things might be changing with the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.
With the transfer window open and active in the world of soccer, David Amoyal joins Ben & Alex to talk transfers, transfers and more transfers
The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.More from this show
Stephen A. Smith was on the show BEFORE the news came down about Tom Brady's suspension being upheld. He was also the first to report the news that Tom Brady destroyed his personal cell phone.More from this show